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January 20, 2021

Lost & found

A woman who lost her wallet in 1962 was reunited with it 58 years later this week when construction workers found the red leather folding wallet during a refurbishing project of a movie theater.

It was discovered in a framing and sheetrock cavity inside a wall during a major renovation of the Sunset Theater in the small Joaquin Valley city of Lodi. The workers managed to find the woman on Facebook and return the wallet, which was in perfect condition. Donna Brown said the wallet had photos of her friends, her kindergarten picture and even her learner’s permit from the DMV.

The only thing missing was a silver dollar, she said. However, the owner of the theater, which is being changed into a community center, rounded up an early day silver dollar and presented it to Brown as a frosting on the cake. 

A man accused of murder in 2004 was recently arrested in Mexico. The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office reported that Javier Morales Vaca killed Ramon Villegas near Hall Road in Las Lomas in March of 2004 and then fled to Mexico. Vaca was reportedly a Norteños gang member and used to live in Watsonville. There was a $2 million arrest warrant for Vaca. Police then learned that on May 15 Vaca was arrested by police in Tijuana. He was handed over to the U.S. Marshals and then and brought back to Monterey County for booking. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Mike Smith at 831-755-3762 or Detective Sergeant Bryan Hoskins at 831-755-3773.

There have now been 38.6 million jobless claims in the U.S. with 2.4 million people filing for unemployment benefits this week.

Global cases of coronavirus now top 5 million with 328,000 deaths and 1.89 million people that have recovered.

There are 1,580,000 people across all 50 states, Wash. D.C. and the four U.S. territories that have tested positive to Covid-19 as of Thursday night. Also, 94,000 have died in the U.S. In the San Francisco Bay Area there are 11,426 cases and 40 deaths. 

A new shelter in place order will be handed down to Santa Cruz County Tuesday, which is said to ease rules for child care places, car washes, pet grooming services and more.


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